A Different Beauty

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday:  Shimo No Koe (first frost’s voice)  posted by Victoria Slotto
What memories or sensual experience can you claim when you think of a first frost? Perhaps it is the withering of the garden that you’ve tended so carefully throughout the summer, the anticipation of the work of harvesting and clearing out the yard in preparation for winter, the scent of earthy loam and moldering leaves, the brilliant colors that trees are boasting, the crisp cool air that fills your lungs on your early morning walk or the persistence of that sheltered rose bush that continues to delight you with her blooms.

Amidst the jumble of October ‘s flaming leaves, I looked up at a lush
waterfall. Gushing, and folding over like white tiered curtains,
the torrent fell upon black rocks at the base. My gaze fell on those
rocks for a moment. I noticed a pebbling effect as tiny pieces of ice
began to gather. Soon the falls would be a resplendent frozen statue,
no less beautiful than on this October day.

pops of orange glow
in embers of fireplace
transformed beauty


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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23 Responses to A Different Beauty

  1. ‘lush waterfall. Gushing, and folding’ – lovely sounds and evocation – and the image of the same frozen is transporting.


  2. Wonderful how you take us from that freezing waterfall to the cozy nook beside the fire place. I especially love this description: folding over like white tiered curtains.


  3. Vivian Zems says:

    The falls transformed to a resplendent statue- that must be a sight to see. I like it !


  4. I know how to appreciate being indoors well… maybe we need to feel the ice as a reminder.


  5. Sabio Lantz says:

    Ah, I think of the growing ice pillars and the fading fire embers. Fun


  6. Natures ice sculptures are best! Great imagery.


  7. annell4 says:

    Beautiful! As are waterfalls are beautiful! And they will be beautiful when frozen!

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  8. Winter brings “transformed beauty,” indeed!


  9. Frank Hubeny says:

    I can imagine that frozen waterfall is beautiful.


  10. kanzensakura says:

    Beauty transformed into a different beauty!

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  12. Misky says:

    You *do* write the most gorgeous haiku, Sara.


  13. lynn__ says:

    I like your contrast of water/ice with fire/embers!


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